You know those people who glow with positive energy? These are the radiant ones who draw others in. Everybody wants to be friends with this kind of person because they are incredibly accessible and inspiring. They never have bad days or enemies or harsh words to say about anyone.
How do they do it? What is there secret?
Here they are:
- Happy people are optimists. Studies have proven time and time again that optimists live longer, higher quality lives.
- Happy people work out. Endorphins from exercise create a natural high that lights up the same region of the brain that drugs do. You can actually get addicted to exercise! Just 3-4 days a week of moderate exercise can lead to
- Happy people set goals. A Harvard study showed that the members of their graduating class who set goals earned more income, got better jobs, and were happier than those who did not.
- Happy people stress less. Stress is the beginning of the vicious cycle. Stress leads to health problems which leads to medical bills which leads to more stress. Meditation, yoga, and getting enough sleep each night can help reduce stress. Keep a journal so you can
- Happy people surround themselves with other happy people. You are who you spend time with! I’m not telling you to excommunicate the Debbie Downers in your social circle, I’m saying you should try and seek out new friends who have the kind of optimism you want to catch. Who knows, your new positive attitude might inspire your old friends to be different!
- Happy people drink caffeine. Another Harvard study says: “Women who sipped 2-3 cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to exhibit signs of depression.” YES! Finally, I can justify my coffee habit to the world.
- Happy people believe in something bigger than themselves. 68% of all humans on the planet say that religion is important to their daily lives.* Countries that are more impoverished tend to have higher percentages of those who consider themselves religious. In more developed countries, the rate of religious people drop. People get security and peace of mind from the belief that there’s some sort of higher power, and that’s more true for those of us going through tough times. So ask yourself: what do you believe in? There’s no wrong answer. (Unless you say, ‘The Easter Bunny.’) Just find what floats your metaphorical spiritual boat.
How are you finding happiness?
*Source: Diener, E., Tay, L., & Myers, D. G. (2011). The religion paradox: If religion makes people happy, why are so many dropping out?. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 101(6), 1278-1290. doi:10.1037/a0024402